Germany’s chief cardinal shows he can sway Pope Francis

LifeSiteNews | 7/12/2019 | Staff
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July 12, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — He is the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, the archbishop of Munich, the head of the Vatican’s powerful Council of the Economy, and one of the group of nine advisers to Pope Francis that in many ways supersedes the curia itself — and finally, if the draft of the new apostolic constitution (Pope Francis’s new document reorganizing the curia) is finalized and promulgated, he will be made the camerlengo — a powerful position that takes charge of the Church after a pope dies or resigns and before the election of a new pope.

Not only has Cardinal Reinhard Marx gotten his will accomplished over Vatican objections, but he’s boasted about it publicly, seeming to suggest he has control even over Pope Francis.

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During the 2014–2015 synod debates over Communion for “remarried” divorcés, Marx became impatient and announced that German bishops would do their own thing if the matter was delayed too long or decided differently from their will. “We are not a subsidiary of Rome,” he said defiantly at the time.

A similar incident took place in the 2018 debate about the German bishops concerning Communion for Protestant spouses of Catholics. After the Roman Curia — the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) — wrote a May 25, 2018 letter to the German bishops saying their handout on the question should not be published due to some open doctrinal questions, Cardinal Marx complained directly to Pope Francis. Without further ado, the Germans published the handout in June of 2018, adding a note that was signed with an “F.” showing that the pope had given approval for the publication.

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At the end of 2018, at a press meeting in Munich, Cardinal Marx proudly described his intervention in Rome. After first saying that the whole intercommuion debate was...
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